4 Days of Virginia Dirt, 2 Track and Backroads - aka Scouting The Blue Ridge Trail

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by error cooled, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    I'm familiar with the section between Hwy 84 and 39. We rode it in April and again in May. Nothing technical, just 16 miles or so of maintained forest road with lots of views.
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  2. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    55 I have not been on. I love lightweight bikes... especially light bikes with gobs of power. The WR250 lacks that power but the DR350 is pretty torquey. After periods of heavy rain almost all the the roads we were on you would be wishing you had a knobbie. Some roads like Dolly Anne and Clayton Creek are nice gravel so no worries except for flooding - but that would take a lot of rain.

    I would not want to be on a large bike on Dunkle Hollow, Parts of Bald Mtn, most of Hogback and Big Walker is bushwhacking no matter what bike you are on.

    So I guess what I am saying is a competent rider on ANY bike could do it but knobbies would make it much much better.

    That is definitely some good riding that I have enjoyed in the past. Shoe Creek is the worst the trail has to offer besides Iron Mountain Singletrack in the MRA.. but I have not gotten there yet. Early October hopefully! :evil
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  3. CHECK_OIL

    CHECK_OIL Been here awhile

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    Nice read and cool pics...well done:clap
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  4. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    Great report, looking forward to hitting some of these roads soon.
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  5. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Very nice! Thanks
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  6. Mastros2

    Mastros2 Adventurer

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    Looks like it was a great trip. Thanks for the share!
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  7. Rider2205

    Rider2205 Been here awhile

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    EC - Great ride report! I was following along on the iPhone but just read the whole thing on a big screen for the first time today. Great photos and info. Can't wait to get out to some of these places on the Blue Ridge Trail!
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  8. GordoS

    GordoS Pawn in game of life

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    Since it looks like you were in the GWNF, are you required to have permits or anything like that?

    Also, looking at googlemaps it looks the roads don't go through, but obviously they do or you would be turning around. Is there a better map set that shows where the roads go through?
    - Never mind, I followed your link to the BRT thread and found your info there.

    Thanks
    Gordon
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  9. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Hey, cool ride report! I live on a farm about 12 miles west of Lexington and have ridden all over this area on my 1150GS, but haven't ventured out onto the real two-tracks like you did on this trip because I wasn't sure of the routes. The Big Pig ain't no fun layin' on it's side in a mudhole, ya know.

    I got a kick out of this statement:

    The rougher Potts Mountain Jeep trail is accessible off of 177.1 if boulders are your cup of tea. I personally got my yearly serving a few weeks prior at Taskers.

    I lived in Wyoming for many years and rode endless miles of dirt roads and single-track out there, but sold my dirt bikes when I moved to Virginia about four years ago. I guess I was spoiled and figured there just wouldn't be any off-road riding to be found out East with all the "civilization" the area has been subjected to. I miss my dirt bikes... I got to this point on my DR650 after seven miles of boulders one day up in the Wind River Mountains above Lander, Wyoming and thought "OK, that's enough of this shit for a while." I just about smoked the clutch by the time I got seven miles back out going over those things.

    [​IMG]

    Great report! I need to get another dirt bike.

    Doug
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  10. 1Bonehead

    1Bonehead Fearless of Falling

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    THERE IS A RUMOR THIS RIDE IS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR.:ear
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  11. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    I'm visiting brother-in-law in Hot Springs. Couldn't bring my Husky TE this trip but plan to return in spring. I expect there is some excellent forest gravel and jeep trail riding in the area, and hope to hook up with some of you to ride with, or get GPX tracks from this spring/summer. Charleston, SC is my home, so it's all flat, sandy and boring in comparison. If any of you run Whadahala, Rick's Rondevous, etc., we may meet up then.

    If y'all are ever in Charleston, SC area, hit the Weekly Rides near Charleston, SC thread, and we'll show you what we've got. Not much technical, but some great dirt road loops across West, Central and soon to be eastern parts of state. With 72 hours notice we should be able to hook you up with a guide from the GS & Tiger crowd to the DS/KLR/KTM guys and gals. 80/20 tires will work, but Hiedenau K60 & TKC80 for the big bikes and knobbies on the smaller ones are best. Our sand and gravel are simple, but the occasional section of thin goose grease mud will nearly guarantee an unscheduled CIT (close inspection of terrain)

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  12. FarmBoyBrad

    FarmBoyBrad Crash test dummy

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    Just wanted to let anyone know who searches for this road/thread, that me and my son crossed the entire 14 mile length of this forestry road in his Jeep Wrangler (well scratched now- which he loves). It took us about 4 hours to cover it and that was with me taking lots of pics and also chainsawing a few branches/trees that were blocking the path. It is certainly a road that could possibly cause you to dump the bike a few times because of the rockiness of it and several very wet spots. I am at work now but will try to post some pics from home later tonight or later on this week. It is much more passable now, thanks to my chainsawing efforts and reaching out the passenger window snapping off branch after branch as we slowly inched thru it.
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  13. GO_OUTSIDE!

    GO_OUTSIDE! dirty hippie

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    Got the files! Thanks again.
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  14. GO_OUTSIDE!

    GO_OUTSIDE! dirty hippie

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    Well, thats not right. :huh
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  15. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    Funny this should pop up today. I just spent my first weekend at H14's and have used Dolly Ann Drive a bunch as a little respite from 220. The road out the east side of Burke's Garden has also seen more than one Harley Davidson. :D

    This was a good read, thanks.
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  16. B10Dave

    B10Dave Been here awhile

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    :thumb:thumb Fantastic ride report and pictures. Looks like you had a very scenic and interesting ride. Thanks for taking us along....Dave
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